Monday morning, this week you came way too soon! Though my weekend was definitely more relaxing than anything else this week is going to be maddening. And I’d have loved to postpone it a bit longer!
But first things first, lets start with something fun and social. Truth be spoken I wasn’t really social last week. I just needed some private time doing nothing but watching TV, eating and taking naps. Blissful!
Okay let’s start with my workouts….
Finally after 3 weeks of forced absence I hit the box again. Let’s say it wasn’t the best of my weeks! On Tuesday I needed to go down on the weights during the workout as I couldn’t manage a single more step-up with the 16kg kettle bell. It was frustrating.
On Wednesday I couldn’t clean 35kg as I brain told me I wouldn’t make it though I had already brought the barbell up high enough I only needed to sit under it. But my brain wouldn’t let me. It was frustrating.
On Thursday I almost died on the airbike and then my arms were like jelly and my pull-ups were worse than even before. It was frustrating.
On Friday I failed so miserable that I wished I had gone straight home from work. Though my over head squats had been okay-ish my arms were still so tired from Thursday that my pull-ups were closer to a bad joke than anything else. It was beyond frustrating.
But all in all I was happy and glad to be back and after 2 weeks of the flu it’s more than normal to be a bit weaker and I just need to keep telling me that I will do better this week.
Work, Work, Work…..
Let’s start with my thesis. At the moment I am re-analyzing the date I had analyzed last year with a different focus and I had a little breakthrough. I re-modeled some assumptions and re-organized the groups I am comparing against each other and now some of my assumptions are definitely backed with empirical evidence. This week will be spent on the same data but with a different focus again and I am very positive that I will be able to report some new exciting findings by the end of this week.
Besides this I was holding a workshop for my colleague’s project again last week. Teenage girls! The group was nice enough but again I was shocked how deeply some assumptions about women and work vs. women and family are set in the girl’s heads.Let me give you two examples:
1. Girl, 16 years, planning to study chemical engineering: “My parents are both engineers but my mom did not work for 16 years. Of course she stayed at home with us. If dad was responsible for the housekeeping everything would be chaos.”
2. Girl, 17 years, planning to study commercial information technology: “Of course I want to have a family and a job. It’s good to be able to work part-time. My parents could watch the kids while I am at work. And I would want my husband to help keeping the house clean!”
I: Why would you work part-time and not your husband/partner or both of you?
Girl: Men don’t do part-time!!!!
Sometimes I don’t know what to say anymore. It’s a predicament. On the one hand you tell them that it’s their choice how they want to live their lives and they mustn’t let anybody take the decision from them but on the other hand you see how they fit themselves into role ascriptions completely unquestioned. But the program is over now and there’s nothing more we can do so I won’t waste my thoughts on this anymore.
I am interviewing for the whole week and I have a very demanding work meeting tomorrow afternoon. Basically we have to tell some professors that we don’t agree with the work we wanted to publish together and we have to find a solution to fit all our interests. And I am fairly positive that this will be impossible…
Let’s talk about something nicer now
Okay onto food….
I am deeply in love with any baked good with anything avocado at the moment. I am even breaking my careful as-little-grains-as-possible approach for this! Oh and orange juice. I never particularly liked orange juice until now! 4 liters in one week!
And then I crave spinach like nothing else lately. In my smoothies, in form of quesadillas and this was my latest finding: spinach roll. It’s spicy with a hint of greek flavor. Delicious! I need to be careful that this isn’t turning in the newest obsession!
And I am happy to have more veggies in my life again! It’s a sign of spring that I crave them and enjoy them again.
Okay so now I have a crazy interview schedule with enough time in between to chuck some coffee, some veggies and get some sun in my system. Hello endorphins! Okay maybe Monday isn#t so bad after all when you look in the sun’s friendly face!
Have a good start to the week!